After announcing back in 2012 that it would eventually move into Canada, Spotify launched on an invite-only basis back in July. Today, Spotify is announcing its full Canadian launch.
Alongside the more than 20 million songs, 320kbps streams, and the multi-platform availability with which Spotify typically coaxes US users, the company is also advertising "one of the most extensive Canadian music catalogues available including a comprehensive Quebecois library."
“Spotify is launching in Canada with a comprehensive catalogue featuring the best local music from every genre, region and generation,” said Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer. “This is a Spotify that has been tailor made for Canadian music fans.”
Basic Spotify service is free in Canada, and like the US, an upgrade to premium will run $10 (CAD). Of course, Spotify's premium service includes offline listening, top-tier audio quality, and gets rid of those pesky ads.
It's been a long wait for Canadians. Spotify first launched in the US in July of 2011 – so our neighbors up north have been waiting for over three years to have access to one of the most popular streaming services in the world.
In May, Spotify announced that it has crossed the 40 million active user mark – 10 million of whom pay for the service.
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